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emoticon I normally would put a recipe in a thread like this but when you said you had an abundance of radishes I thought of this recipe. I have always made it with couscous but I will try the quinoa as a substitute. Quinoa is my favorite grain.



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5/31/11 10:14 P

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Woo that does sound yummy, I'll have to give that recipe a try!

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Thanks, sounds delish. Would probably work with quinoa as well

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Here is a simple Couscous Salad with Radishes

1 cup couscous

1 or 2 bunches radish,chopped

Good bunch parsley and mint

Lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

Glug olive oil

Garlic clove crushed

A handful of sliced scallions, or finely chopped red onion

Pour boiling water over the couscous so that it is just more than covering the couscous. Cover immediately and leave to sit for 10 minutes. Mix together all the other ingredients and combine with the cooked couscous. A fantastic salad for 4 people - takes no time and tastes delicious!



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5/31/11 2:58 A

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I got lucky this year :) Usually in Iowa, we have the Mother's Day rule for planting; but I was SO excited this year I planted the second week in April, and everything is doing great except for one pepper plant with mod. frost damage and for some reason, my egg plant never came up at all... not sure if it was me, the squirrels eating the seeds or the weather... but I've replaced their spot already with green beans. I've got radishes gone wild now! Need to find a good recipe for them... I also had to do 2 rounds of green beans. I didn't wait long enough on my first batch before I thought they weren't coming up at all and replanted them, only to find half germinated seeds! Woops. I guess they take about 3-4 weeks to sprout, but when they did, they went crazy! :D emoticon

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I planted some hot 'Scotch Bonnet' Peppers today!! emoticon

Edited by: BROWNIEISLANDER at: 5/29/2011 (20:07)
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Definately, the stores get their plants in WAY early, which is frustrating, because here, it's not wise to plant before Mother's Day, I found that out the hard way, last year! But, if your local garden center doesn't carry a certian plant, chances are, it doesn't grow well in your area. I have mail ordered plants that I couldn't find here & ofcourse, they didn't make it!

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Clccool I don't think your pepper plants will come back. They're not like a perennial that dies back in the winter and pops back up in Spring, so it's a good thing that you planted more.
In the North east a gardener needs to know the zone, so that we don't plant too early and then get a killing frost. Lowe's had vegetable plants a month ago but they kept them covered at night. My safe date is May 28th. Someone else said he can't plant until the 1st week in June. The farther North, the lower the zone and the later the planting date. You are correct about perennials and trees and bushes however. Unless someone has a greenhouse it's impractical to bring in all the containers. For example, I had an Aloe plant in a container last summer and I had inside all winter. We had a warm spell and I took it outside last week. It took one night of cool temperatures to turn it black. I should have known better.






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The easiest way to find out what will grow in your zone...without figuring out what zone you are in, is to go to lowes or home depot, if they don't sell it it probably doesn't grown in your zone. But, because you are container gardening, I'm not sure, because, can't you bring those in doors in the winter? I've never tried container gardening, but I'm going to try some herbs & spices that way this year, so I have them all year!
I grow all peppers easily, I'm in S. Colorado. I don't know yet, if my plants from last year will come back. But, I planted, ALOT more, because I LOVE peppers of all kinds & really wish they would hurry, because I really want some grilled peppers!

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I'm so sorry! I meant "so what is your zone?" I was reading your post about putting in zip codes and it stuck in my head. I don't want anyone to know where I live either!
Looks like you have a good start - you should be fine.
There are some lettuces that grow better in heat. I plant a "summer" blend mesclun and cut it when it's only 3-4 inches so it doesn't have time to bolt. Tomatoes love basil so plant them together. Happy gardening!






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I have been working on my garden which is container gardening for the past couple of days. I have been pulling weeds like crazy to get the soil ready in all of my containers; about 15 of them. I have planted red leaf lettuce, yellow squash, cucumbers, red peppers, basil, and 3 different types of tomatoes. My lettuce I planted too late so when it bolts I will replant in the fall with some spinach.

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5/29/11 12:28 P

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What do you plan on planting this year (besides red peppers) and have you started anything from seed yet?

Here's another link for you: www.vegetable-gardening-online.com/

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Everything that I planted as a "cool" season crop either isn't flourishing or didn't come up at all. As you said Roland too much rain this year. I always use wall o water to get an early start for tomatoes and I couldn't even plant those. Too much mud! It went from 46 degrees last week to 80 degrees today. I'm glad that I'm only a backyard gardener and not a farmer.

Travelnista I did take in a decorative hot pepper plant one year. I liked the leaves and it made a nice houseplant. It did get peppers on it when I replanted it the following season, but it definitely wasn't a sweet pepper!






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I was reading the Sunday paper and they were talking about gardening. The article mentioned this website. It is not just about seeds. It gives great gardening info and if you put your zip code in it brings up your growing zone. I also signed up for their emails for gardening tips.

www.burpee.com/gardening/content/gyg
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The statement made, every year is different, rings very true. Here in Lagro, Indiana we use as a rule of thumb, plant after May 10. Last year I waited until June and it was dry as a bone, my plants didn't do well at all. This year I got my garden in around May 10th and I may need to replant my zucchini and squash because it's rained about every day since then. May has had about 9 inches of rain so far. My grandfather told me, you have up to the first of July to plant sweet corn, then forget it. You just never know for sure until the season progresses as to whether you made the right call or not.

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This is my second year gardening, and I feel much more confident of when I'm supposed to plant what after I discovered mysquarefootgarden.net - you don't have to use the square foot method - I just signed up for her free newsletter that tells me when it's time to plant each vegetable. She has a lookup your zone by nearby cities feature that you use when you sign up for the newsletter, and then everything is automatically e-mailed to you at the right times to plant relative to your zone.

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I live just south of Seneca Lake in New York and have found that it is best to wait until the first week of june to plant tomato's and peppers and other delicate plants to avoid a late frost.

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Yvonne, don't apologize for asking questions - that's the only way you'll learn. Gardening is so much trial and error; and what works one year, may not the next. You're either in 5 or 6, so it's better to just go to your garden center and buy plants. If it has a tag, check and see how many days from germination and pick the ones which require the fewest days. Green peppers will turn red, just takes longer. If you're plannning on having them this season you'd better find some fast and get them in the ground or in your containers!






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Interesting question! I have never thought to bring in my peppers. I think you would need a very warm, humid sunny room, like a green house for that to work. In my house I can barely keep my house plants alive over the winter. I don't have great luck with sweet peppers. I can get them to the green stage, but never ripen to red. It is plenty hot here in Chicagoland in the summer but I think our season is just too short. For some reason, I have no trouble with hot peppers, the grow and ripen like crazy. Chicago is zone 5. Unless you are in some microclimate, you are probably zone 5 also. You can google your zone. I wouldn't spend the energy on trying to overwinter peppers, but if you want to bring the plant in and have fresh peppers for a few weeks, maybe months, that might be fun

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I am not sure what zone I am in. I am in NJ. emoticon I said I was a novice. I am in my learning stages. emoticon



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What zone are you in? I'm in zone 5 and I don't think it's worth it. They need a lot of light and I don't have it. It's less trouble just to buy the plants from the farmers market, or garden center. A 6 pack of pants here is about $1.75.






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I am trying to learn as much as I can because I really want to expand my garden from last year's tomatoes and basil. I read that peppers are tender perennials that are grown as annuals. If they are perennials will the plants come back next year if you bring them inside before the 1st frost?



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